Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Wave of the Future

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

The Wave of the Future

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At Armstrong Relocation, they're moving on up. And up. And up. "The newest trend in the moving industry is to go up instead of going out," said David E. Hire, owner of the Oklahoma City branch of Armstrong Relocation, a national moving company. Standing beside a wall of storage containers -- measuring 7.5 feet by 8 feet by 5 feet and stacked four units high in the new Armstrong warehouse -- Hire notes that "moving on up" doesn't always refer simply to social climbing. "When they built this, they said we were the tallest (inside clearance) building in Oklahoma City," he said. The warehouse is the latest trend in the moving business, buildings that utilize both height and width. And it's the latest sign of vigorous growth for Armstrong Relocation, which established its Oklahoma City presence in the 1980s. "The size of our company had been growing, so we needed more office space, we needed more warehouse space," Hire said. "So, basically, what we did here was build approximately 6,600 square foot of offices and we built 40,000 square foot of warehouse with 36-foot clear ceiling height." The Armstrong Relocation system, which includes 16 agencies across the country, is the largest booker and hauler of household goods for United Van Lines.

The company offers a wide range of services, including household goods relocation, real estate assistance, corporate relocation seminars, international household goods and freight forwarding, office and industrial moving, special commodities relocation, household goods and product storage, and record storage. It achieves that with a moving fleet of 450 tractor/trailer units across the United States. But the main difference between Armstrong Relocation and other moving companies, according to Vice President Jimmy Dardin, is that its officials aren't moving arrangers, they're moving providers.

In short, it's the one-stop shopping option for companies on the go. "We're the only moving company in the United States that has their own third-party relocation company," Hire said. "So basically, it kind of gives us an advantage when we're dealing with the national accounts in the fact that it's really one-stop shopping. We can buy their homes, sell their homes, help them with their new homes, and then move them, too. We're the only company in the United States that can do that. So our corporate account list is growing tremendously every year because of the fact that they can just go one place and get it." That kind of service has proven irresistible to corporate America, but the resulting company growth created new problems for the folks at Armstrong. "We were in two different locations that we were operating out of previously," Hire said. "And we needed to get an updated facility where we could get all of our office storage under one roof. …

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